So once again after some late night scrolling through Instagram, I came across this little gem which was just perfect for what I was after. I read mostly positive reviews across several pages and asked a few of you for your opinions which were again mostly positive, so booked a little three night getaway for a friends 40th. Its weird how spookily the internet knows what I have been looking up as I was sent an email offer via Booking.com too good to be true, for the Pool View Room, I had been umming and arhhhhing about, for just $63 per a night, Boom !!! Booked that immediately and started to get worried about some comments of itchiness and lumpy beds as my stay loomed near.
So Centra Taum is about 3 years old I believe ( I could of just made that up) and is in the heart of all the best shopping and dining out options Bali has to offer. Its on the little road which tucks in behind Ultimo and cuts through to Jl Petitenget near Villa Lumbung if anyone knows the area and I think the road is called Jl Beraban. With a modest little entrance and reception area I was greeted with those warm friendly smiles and terribly sweet orange welcome drinks we all kind of love ( not really but hey we have just arrived in Bali) and was mesmorised by the beauty of the lovely pool below. I was ushered to my room and should of taken a little more notice of the route as it was slighly tricky finding my way back after a few afternoon and dinner vinos.
The room its self was lovely and spacious, bed and linen very clean and incredibly comfy, the air con worked and the bathroom as clean as possible ( some staining in the stone and non slip surfaces which is common in Bali, but not anything I would be bothered with) .
I didnt eat at the hotel as there are so many other fantastic options around the island, however the restaurant is poolside and looked lovely. The pool gets the mid morning through until mid afternoon sun so was lovely for baking or swimming, I really should of made more use of this during my stay.
As with many hotels in Bali it does need a little maintenance however if its just a base and beautiful pool you are wanting then this may just be the spot for you. I would definately go back and perhaps the pool view rooms on level 1 might be my pick or I think perhaps Room 101 is a 3 bedroom Apartment which may be perfect for families or groups travelling as it is opens on directly to the pool.
So I came across this amazing photo on Pinterest of Bambu Indah, and I immediately was drawn to stay here a while. Bambu Indah is a stunning yet distinctive boutique hotel which was carefully curated by designers and long term residents of Bali, John and Cynthia Hardy. In 2005, eleven antique Javanese bridal homes were brought to Bali and restored. Bambu Indah is available to for those seeking something a little more unique yet being comforted by the luxury and service of an intimate hotel. Bamboo Indah prides itself on combining antique architecture and design, with modern and sustainable practices in a luxury environment. Welcomed with a fresh baby coconut you are ushered into a larger space through these amazing pod like structures, the design is amazing and will leave you sitting ever so elegantly with your mouth wide open in amazement. Indulge yourself with some of the really yummy cuisine from the home-grown ingredients. As butterflies giant bees and red dragon flies float around the garden, you can make a splash into the fresh water pool. Bambu Indah does not have concrete paths as the paths are made from flat stones that are, at times, irregular. It is inappropriate for wheelchairs or strollers, but perfect for anyone looking to relax in a tranquil retreat. Whilst most pools in Bali use enough chemicals to melt your skin off, this one has been built by digging a hole, lined with high density polyethylene which is recyclable after its 60 year life cycle, and use lava stones and a vegetation regeneration zone, which naturally cleanses, filters and oxygenates the water. A water flow system which creates a natural pool that does not use chlorine, algaecides or cement.The result? clear water so clean you can drink it, surrounded with large, beautiful stones from the mountains, a rope swing for the Tarzans in your family and deck chairs to relax. We stayed in the two room house, which is named after John’s oldest daughter, Elora, this is a house of light and style. This house is filled with Tibetan carpets and antique Chinese and Javanese furniture. It has a downstairs bedroom with a private garden bathroom. Enjoy an afternoon tea, or laze on one of the many daybeds, when you walk through the new building the view is absolutely breath taking with a huge valley below with the river, rice paddies, swaying palm trees and on a clear day Mt Agung staring back at you. Dare if you wish to climb the huge tree house and feel like you are in the tree canopy, or find the magic door in the garden leading you down the valley slope through the most fairy like garden walk, of secret pathways, Indian Jones style bridges and more. You must play with the musical instruments also they make the most whimsical sounds I have ever heard, my boys did not want to leave. We loved this place, a perfect blend of rustic charm, boutique comfort, fun and intrigue. I cant wait to return. For more details and booking inquires see the website http://bambuindah.com/
While we were exploring Lombok, the Qunci Villa and Resort was the place I wanted to stay but it was booked out. However we went up for Happy hour and dinner. It is a beautiful place to stay, and very popular. Some great deals to be got online shop around. Located approximately 10 minutes drive from the central part of Senggigi and on the coastline, it would be a perfect place to relax for a few days and to set of the explore the Gilis and more of Lombok. Its about a 25 minute drive from where the speed boats are to get to the Gilis. The beach out the front was a little rough and some guys were trying to surf ( its wasn’t good) The Quar restaurant had impeccable service, quality food and the freshest cocktails. A beautiful place to enjoy a sunset. I inquired about a massage as I was really struggling to find a place in central Senggigi however it was approx. 500 000 Rupiah. I noted heaps of couples with smaller babies and children so it is somewhat child friendly I also noted 1 couple with a nanny ( I think they may have brought her with them or booked through the hotel) . I would definitely look this place it if you a planning to head to Lombok. For more details head to their website http://www.quncivillas.com/